19. Item #90200
Onchi Kōshirō 恩地孝四郎, editor. A set of Shosō Magazine 書窓, 30 Volumes. c. Tokyo, Showa 10-19 [1935-44] Aoi Shobô. [700cc?]. 8vo. in size, wrappers. 30 volumes in magazine format of this, the premier journal in Japan dedicated to the book arts and graphics of its day, edited by the foremost artist and book designer, Onchi and filled with graphic and textual contributions by contemporary giants.
In the original magazine wrappered covers. Shosô had some 103 numbers, but the large majority were published in slender pamphlet format and we have here the more substantial magazines. Very scarce, especially in such a complete run of the magazine. Very good condition overall. Occasional splitting of spines but all the issues are complete.
At one point, we were advised that a magazine format #79 was missing from this set.... But checking other sets, we found they were also missing that number in magazine format. Checking with the newly catalogued set at the National Diet Library in Japan (they have catalogued 87 of the total of 103 total issues), it appears that #79 was not in magazine format after all, but rather one of the regular pamphlets Onchi issued when paper became scarce during the Pacific War. So all 30 magazine format works are included in this lot, as well as two pamphlet issues, Volume 5, number 2, and Volume 5, number 3, which provide an idea of what the non-magazine numbers consisted of. There are a few advertising and announcement postcards and the like for the magazine, included, as well. Important, unusual.